A 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit the East Coast, centered just a few miles from Richmond, Virginia.
Although there hasn't been such a large earthquake here since 1897, it was amazing how fast students in my class dove for cover under the tables. You would of thought they all grew up in San Francisco.
This seismograph chart shows a pretty picture of the shakedown, which lasted 30-40 seconds. In "real time"—by my eyewitness account—it seemed to last for minutes. That shows the unreliability of personal testimony in such matters.
The epicenter of the earthquake was just a few miles from two nuclear reactors at North Anna, which were taken off line and reported no damage.
Moments of natural crises (hurricanes, floods, earthquakes) and manmade crises (wars) make people inclined to revert to instinctual ethical behaviors. These typically include calls for sharing and common sacrifice. Hence, one of the limits to markets is the perception that market allocations are inappropriate in certain circumstances—such as when supply is limited due to these abnormal events.